Calls for CCTV at Rockingham carpark after spate of break-ins

Calls for CCTV at Rockingham carpark after spate of break-ins

ROCKINGHAM resident Kelly Smith is calling for CCTV and better security at the carpark east of Rockingham Centre after a spate of car break-ins.

Her son Josh (19) works at Ace Cinemas and thieves smashed a window to his car and stole the stereo on Sunday night.

“I was frustrated because the same incident has occurred at the same carpark three times in the weeks leading up to mine,” Mr Smith said.

Ms Smith said the incidents of theft and vandalism would only get worse at the overflow carpark unless something was done.

“I’m concerned for young girls’ safety who work late in the centre as they are told to park in that carpark as the centre’s parking is for patrons,” she said.

Centre manager Aaron Bennett said they took a proactive approach to security at Rockingham Centre and consistently reviewed and updated security protocols and measures.

“Our security team patrols the centre throughout the day and night,” he said.

“We have an established network of support and work closely with Rockingham police.

“As the matter is the subject of a police investigation, we are unable to provide any further detail.”

Rockingham police officer-in-charge Brett Reyne said there had been a number of break-ins at the carpark on one night.

“We patrol hot spots, such as coastal and shopping centre carparks,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Reyne urged drivers to park in well-lit areas and to not leave valuables in cars.

Ace Cinemas did not respond to a request for comment.